Leonard Flett is a Cree status member of the Big Trout Lake Ontario First Nation. He has a 42-year background with the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company, retiring as vice-president in 2005. He has been awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Order of Canada, and the Order of Manitoba. His first book, From the Barren Lands (Great Plains), is the story of the fur trade, First Nations, and the development of northern Canada through the eyes of his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and Flett himself. He lives in Winnipeg.